Classic Sweet Tea

As summer comes to a close I’ve been enjoying a glass or two of sweet tea. Is there any time of year when a nice cold glass of sweet tea isn’t welcome?

For years, the thought of making sweet tea scared me. Silly, isn’t it?! I grew up in a poor neighborhood of Philadelphia, not in the south. So, I thought making sweet tea involved a long process and special equipment. I’m glad I’ve finally been enlightened with the ease of making it!

I start with a mug of strong tea. I make mine by adding a pinch of baking soda to the mug, adding boiling water and a tea bag. Let it sit for longer than normal. This allows the tea to get super strong. You could just as easily add two tea bags and brew for the normal length of time.

The baking soda cuts down on the bitterness that comes from brewing tea for too long. Add sweetener and then pour into a glass full of ice. Yum!

3 minute Sweet tea

  • 1 tea bag of choice
  • 1 pinch of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tsp sugar
  • 16 oz glass filled with ice

Place 1 pinch of baking soda and 1 tea bag in 8 oz mug. Pour boiling water on top. Allow to steep for 5-6 minutes. Remove tea bag. Add sugar. Pour over ice and enjoy!

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